2019 Champions Program

Program Objectives:

The Champions for Health Promoting Schools is a fully student-funded program dedicated to improving the life chances of children and their families within Antigua/Barbuda, West Indies through physical and health education initiatives that:

  • expand opportunities for students to play leadership roles at school and in the community in which they live
  • relate academic learning to care for self, others, and environments that support growth
  • integrate physical and health education within all aspects of the curriculum
  • build bridges between community health projects and school projects eg. safe communities, environmental protection
  • support for the Antigua/Barbuda, West Indies Ministry of Education, Sports, Youth and Gender Affairs in the Implementation of the UNICEF Child Friendly Schools Initiative

2019 Champions Program:

The 2019 Champions for Health Promoting Schools Program in Antigua, West Indies represents the eighth  year students and faculty from the Kinesiology  and Teacher Education Programs at the  University of the Fraser Valley will be volunteering on the island (14th year of the program). A total of 32 students from UFV will be participating in the four week life skills teaching internship in a total of 12 schools including two highschools. Working side by side with local educators, the students will be promoting  physical and health education in innovative and effective ways to enrich the quality of teaching and learning in classrooms as well as in the field.

Antigua Ministry of Education Collaboration

The students are joined by program leader, Dr. Joanna Sheppard who directly corresponds with the Ministry of Education including the Honourable Dr. Michael Browne, the Director of Education Mr. Brown  and Educational Zone Officers.

School Involvement

Adele School for Disabilities
Victory Centre
Potters Primary
Golden Grove Primary
Jennings Primary
T.N. Kirnon Primary
Pigotts Primary
Villa Primary
Urlings Primary
S.R. Olivia Primary
Mary. E. Piggot Primary

Otters Comprehensive Secondary
Antigua All Girls Secondary

Community Involvement

Students from the University of the Fraser Valley are immersed in teaching and promotion of Life Skills Learning through various unique activities. This  year the UFV team will volunteering at the 8th Annual Sir Reginald Samuel Track and Field Meet, as well as the Antigua Youth Basketball Program.

In Class Teaching

Through physical and health education  classes, over 2500 students are directly exposed to various health dimensions which not only provide information about how students can live a healthy lifestyle but also how their family, friends and other members of the community can follow in these same footsteps. Topics range from physical literacy through movement education and teaching games for understanding, to life skills around cooperation, teamwork, communication, bullying, decision making, hygiene management and nutrition.

Unity Games

Over 2500 students are actively involved in the UFV Unity Games, school run activity days surrounding the 5 dimensions of health (social, physical, intellectual, environmental and emotional well-being). Through child centred games (physical, cognitive and emotional domains), students enhanced their understanding of how to live a healthy life. The Unity Games are attended by principals, teachers, parents and members of the community.

Long Term Directives

  • Support Mr. Rolston Nickeo in the data collection and management of the CFS initiative (Quantitative Data Collection and Qualitative Case Studies)
  • Provide Antigua curriculum based lesson plans and resources to support CFS and Life Skills Development
  • Dedicated work shop and professional development days toward CFS initiative and Life Skills Teaching
  • Provide dedicated undergraduate and teacher candidate student volunteers every year (month of May) to promote the CFS and Life Skills Teaching Initiative

7 thoughts on “2019 Champions Program

  1. Thank you for sharing your first days experience teaching these lively students. I am really enjoying reading all your posts. Very touching.

  2. You are amazing representatives of UFV and teachers from Canada! Soak in this incredible opportunity for learning exchange and safe travels to all.
    Awneet Sivia (TEP Faculty)

  3. Hello Champions!
    Brian Justin here! Just wanted to add a few words to let you know how important your teaching is!
    When you teach children or anyone for that matter how to move and be physically active you groove movement patterns. But even more than that you also:
    – Create “Kin”ship between each child and with you.
    – You “Kin”nect their mind and body.
    – You teach them to “Kin”trol their emotions. “E”motion is energy in motion.
    – And most of all you will make being active “Kin”tagious!
    Isn’t that “Kin”tastic!
    Be proud of the impact you will make. And as Dwayne “the Rock” Johnson (yes I am a fan) says, “Keep Chasing Greatness”.
    You are all awesome! High Fives to all and a Big Hug to my Sis Jo Shep!
    Brian Justin

  4. As a grade 4 teacher here on the island it is my honor and privilege to be able to lend my support in any capacity possible to this group of lovely young people. It is sooo amazing to see them in action. The way the kids get super excited to have them around is truly awesome.
    I am looking forward to many great things from your time here on the island. And I am especially pleased to be taking part and also have had the opportunity to visit Canada for two weeks on a similar journey. It was definitely life changing. Stay true Champs.

  5. Hello JoVengers/Champions,
    Hope you are doing well and are learning lots. I usually do my long blog post on an item for you to think about as you move through your incredible Antigua journey. It just so happens that the last few years I have been able to link it to Avengers. Funny that!? However, I am a big believer that the power of stories, myths, and superheroes can help us find our own identities. So, my question for you to ponder (hmmmm) is …… What is your Endgame? As you learn new pedagogical methods, strategies for classroom management, and ways to lead, communicate, and reflect how will you take these in to your future whether you become a teacher, doctor, lawyer, parent, physical therapist, kinesiologist, or strength/sport coach etc.? Teaching is as powerful as the infinity stones as it permeates many careers and facets of our lives. I have shown below what the stones do in the movies in brackets and thereafter how each stone can be applied to teaching. Enjoy my “marvel”lous interpretation!!
    Reality Stone (wish fulfillment and making one stronger) – How do we become stronger? In the gym we break down tissue only for it to come back stronger. When teaching, you will have moments you win (lesson goes perfect) and sometimes you learn (lesson didn’t go as planned). There is no failure. Both are teachable moments. When you win you reflect on positive thoughts and behaviours that supported the win. When you learn you reflect on what you need to improve on and express gratitude to all in the situation for making you stronger the next time around. There is no reality only perception of it! You get to wield the reality stone anytime you want!!
    Power Stone (incredible power and superhuman strength) – As a teacher you have tremendous power of influence that can lift a student up. “The only difference between a hero and a villain is that the villain chooses to use that power in a way that is selfish and hurts other people” – Chadwick Boseman (aka Black Panther). Way to be heroes Champions/JoVengers.
    Soul Stone (steal, control, and alter souls both living and dead in a pocket universe) – Teaching involves sharing theories of thought leaders who are both alive and dead. You make these souls your mentor when you apply (or alter to match the situation) their theories. For example, Laban’s soul lives on through you in your pocket universe (aka your life and practice)!
    Time Stone (visit the future, settle the past, speed up and slow down time) – Teaching can slow down time by engaging your students to be in that moment with you. They will neither “pasteurize” or “futurize” but instead be in the moment. I purposely spelt pasteurize in this fashion – see if you can figure out why.
    Space stone (teleporting things from one place to another) – As a teacher you can teleport stories, skill building activities, and cultural practices from all around the world into your classroom widening the experience of your students.
    Mind Stone (control the mind of others) – As a teacher you help students to learn how to control their own minds through the power of growth mindset development. Making children realize that the brain can always improve and grow provides the opportunity/freedom for them to explore as the fear of failure is no longer a worry – it is a learning moment.
    Keep chasing greatness Champions!!
    Brian Justin

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